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Myopia FAQs

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1. What is Myopia?

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a common condition in which distant objects appear blurry while close-up objects remain clear. Myopia tends to progress until around the age of 21, and during this time, a child's vision deteriorates, often requiring more frequent updates of their corrective lenses.

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2. What Causes Myopia Progression?

The exact causes of myopia progression are not fully understood, but several factors have been associated with it:

  • Myopia tends to run in families, so if parents are nearsighted, their children are more likely to develop myopia.
  • Extensive studying, reading, and activities that involve focusing on nearby objects can contribute to myopia progression.
  • The increasing use of electronic devices, especially when held close to the eyes, is thought to play a role in myopia development.
  • Spending less time outdoors may increase the risk of myopia progression.

Myopia Management in Florissant

Our optometry practice in Florissant

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
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  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Superior Vision
  • Spectera
  • Humana
  • Davis Vision
  • Tricare
  • Medicaid
  • Avesis
  • National Vision Administration (NVA)
  • Anthem
  • AlwaysCare
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • EyeMed
  • Blue Cross
  • MetLife
  • Wellcare

3. Why is Myopia Progression a Concern?

The progression of myopia is concerning as it's strongly associated with an increased risk of ocular diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and retinal detachment later in life.


4. What If My Child Wears Glasses or Soft Contact Lenses?

Even if your child regularly wears glasses or soft contact lenses to correct their myopia, the condition may continue to progress. Conventional corrective methods often address symptoms but don't tackle the root cause, which involves the elongation of the eyeball.


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- Feb. 06, 2024
Very professional at every visit.
- Feb. 05, 2024
Very satisfied with the staff
- Feb. 02, 2024
Dr. Hemphill is very knowledgeable and professional. She really cares about the health of her patie... nts. The team at Crown Vision is very friendly and greets you with a smile. They are always ready and willing to assist rather in person or over the phone. My family and I are very happy to be clients of Crown Vision.
- Jan. 23, 2024
I've been going to Crown Vision for a year now and I ❤️ it
- Jan. 02, 2024
Very professional
- Dec. 28, 2023
Staff and service is Always excellent
- Sep. 12, 2023
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- Aug. 22, 2023
Great friendly and professional staff. Great us as soon as we walked through the door.
- Aug. 07, 2023
Customer service was excellent when making my selection and upon pickup my service was fast and exc... eptional. I will definitely be bringing my son in for his new glasses
- Aug. 03, 2023
The staff at this location is always super nice! They always answer my questions thoroughly. They al... so get you in & out. They never have an attitude, always welcoming me and my family with a smile. They are also really good with kids as well when it comes to exams & picking out glasses. Very knowledgable crew they have!
- Jun. 07, 2023
Great staff, great service!
- May. 27, 2023
Great atmosphere great energy
- Apr. 23, 2023
Everyone who works there are so friendly and work together so well. Thank you!
- Jan. 23, 2023
I ❤️ My New Eyeglasses & That's My First Time I Went To (Crown Vision) On Friday, January 13th, ... 2023 & I ❤ It.
- Jan. 22, 2023
The team was extreme helpful. They not only helped me pick out new frames, but also adjusted my old ... frames so I was more comfortable while I was waiting for my new glasses. My new glasses are fantastic. The lenses make everything very sharp and crisp even though they were the same RX as my old ones.
- Dec. 07, 2022
The staff at Crown Vision is super polite & helpful! My 4 kids go there & we've been so happy with t... hem that I have now switched to them for myself too!
- Oct. 26, 2022
People were great and the glasses were a great improvement
- Sep. 22, 2022
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- Sep. 04, 2022
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- Aug. 17, 2022
Everyone was nice and knew their job!

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5. How Can I Prevent My Child's Vision from Getting Worse?

To help prevent myopia progression, consider making lifestyle changes, including:

Reducing Screen Time: Limit screen time, and encourage breaks during prolonged use of digital devices.

Encouraging Frequent Breaks While Studying: Ensure your child takes regular breaks when studying or reading.

Increasing Outdoor Play: Encourage outdoor activities and playtime.

Adjusting Their Study Posture: Ensure proper posture during near work, avoiding sitting too close to screens or materials. 

Additional treatment may be necessary, depending on the level of your child’s myopia. Some of these options may include:

  • Atropine Drops
  • Orthokeratology (ortho-k)
  • Dual Focus Contact Lenses

6. What Is Orthokeratology?

Orthokeratology, or ortho-k, is a non-surgical procedure designed to reduce nearsightedness. It involves the therapeutic application of specially designed contact lenses to reshape the cornea, the front part of the eye, overnight. This can effectively correct nearsightedness and certain types of astigmatism.

Ortho-k offers a promising solution for managing progressive myopia while providing the freedom of being glasses or contact lens-free during the day. Clinical studies have demonstrated its effectiveness in reducing myopia progression, thus reducing the risk of ocular diseases.


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7. Is Myopia Management Suitable for Adults or Only for Children?

Myopia management strategies are often most effective when initiated during childhood, as this is when myopia tends to progress most rapidly. However, certain approaches, such as orthokeratology (ortho-k), may also benefit adults. It's crucial to consult your Crown Vision Center - Florissant eye doctor to determine the best approach for your specific situation.


8. How Often Should My Child's Eyes Be Examined for Myopia Progression?

Regular eye examinations are essential to monitor myopia progression. The frequency of these exams will depend on your child's age, myopia severity, and risk factors. Annual eye check-ups are generally recommended, but some cases may require more frequent visits.


9. Are There Any Side Effects or Risks Associated with Myopia Management Treatments?

Most myopia management treatments are safe and non-invasive, but awareness of potential side effects is essential. For instance, ortho-k lenses may cause temporary discomfort or dryness. Atropine eye drops may lead to increased sensitivity to light. Your Crown Vision Center - Florissant eye doctor will discuss these potential side effects and help you decide on the right approach for your child.

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10. Is Myopia Management Expensive, and Does Insurance Cover It?

The cost of myopia management can vary based on the chosen treatment method and location. Some treatments, like ortho-k, may involve initial higher costs but could reduce long-term expenses related to prescription updates and potential eye health issues. Schedule an appointment with Crown Vision Center - Florissant today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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